In the video essay Suspension of Disbelief, a journey to Chernobyl is interlaced with Tarkovskij’s film Stalker. The ‘Mozart-effect’ is called into question and a connection between the Nevada desert and and the prophecies in the Bible is pointed out. The common denominator is our tendency to believe – in connections and simple solutions, in the predestination of events, or that there is a place which can fulfill our innermost desires.
In fiction we often accept facts which we would disbelieve in daily life. Every genre has it’s own agreements with the viewer about what is credible. This phenomenon is called Suspension of Disbelief. Similarly, one can think of any religion as a world of agreements among the initiated. What might seem absurd to a non-religious, may be reasonable for a believer. Here, it’s also given a metaphoric meaning, expressing humanity’s need for faith.Learn how to rent this work